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The Birthday Party/The Virgin Prunes: Ace Cinema, Brixton

Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 4 December 1982

WITH CHANNEL 4's cameras peering over their shoulders, both sets of Wild Men of Pop felt a little inhibited. Mindful of television's cold, reducing stare, their performances were controlled and concise, gestures rehearsed. So though we were spared self-indulgence, the evening lacked that edge of risk and danger which can turn a gig into an event. But as gigs go, half of this was great.

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